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April 4, 2013

Masculine B-day Card

Style for the Recipient

In designing cards, some people have difficulty knowing where to start. Here's a tip (and it may be obvious to some).
The number one rule for creating a personal card is... Design for the Recipient!
While it is nice to have a stash of general cards on hand for those unexpected occasions, it is still important to create unique designs to celebrate those special people and the big events in their lives.

The recipient of this card is a gentleman who is turning 90 years of age. What would appeal to a 90-year-old? After staring at the usual cuts of masculine images, I decided on the grandfather clock. It is perfect for his era, elegant and proper.

Older people often have a spiritual outlook on life, and the older they are, the more this is so. I like to include words of encouragement, rather than remind them of how old they've become with silly jokes about aging. See details for the Inside, below.

Style Details

Card size is 4-1/2 x 6-1/4" cut from cream CS.
Top panel is chocolate brown embossed paper.
Bottom panel is a vintage style print that harmonized well with the other paper.
The grandfather clock is cut at 4"H, from the Heritage cartridge. CS used is "penny" from the Metallic stack by DCWV. Love all these metallics.

Clock is cut 3 times: 1 for the metallic front, 1 blackout as a liner. These two pieces are glued together. The 3rd clock is cut at blackout from dark brown to be the shadow. The front of the clock and the shadow are separated by dimensional tape.
Behind the finished clock, I placed another piece of cream to make the clock stand out.

Sentiment: Birthday Blessings from George & Basic Shapes cut at 1.75"H from white CS. I painted the letters using ProMarkers, and yellow glitter ink for the candle's wick.


Bible verses are always a good choice to use as a quote inside. There's a verse for virtually everything in life.

For the actual verse of this card (right side not shown), I wrote a special poem, just for him. This is where you can let your creative juices flow. Draw upon the fun facts you know about your recipient, and weave those things into the story of your poem. I love doing this.

The pic at left shows the shine of the metallic clock better.
Capturing all the best features in a photo is sometimes tricky.

Hope you enjoy this gentleman's birthday card.

~ Grace


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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!